Any recommendations on a decent orbital buffer? Wondering if Northern Tool may have one that would be suitable for use 4 or 5 times a year. Would also like to try and avoid the bonnet style pads. They tend to get floppy. Thanks.
It may also depend on how good you are. While a rotary is the fastest type of buffer it can damage paint if you screw up. Maybe harder to damage gelcoat than car paint.
I like the HF DA.
It is a lot harder to damage gel-coat.
Even for automotive paint, the current flavor is to use lower-speeds on a rotary, similar to how rotary is currently used in Europe. With speeds <1500 rpm, the likelihood of damage is reduced significantly.
Thanks. I'm in need of something that speeds up the process. The hull is one thing but add in the interior and hard top it takes a lot of time. I'd rather be on the water fishing instead of hand waxing-buffing.
Anybody using Woody wax?
I assume that I would need to do a cleaner first to remove the haze etc.
Post a pic of what you got there. what year boat what kind. How many eonsðŸ¤¦ðŸ»â€â™‚ï¸ ago did someone buff it. Don't be afraid of buffing through gell coat It's hugely thick Only warnings buff OFF sharp edges if you can NOT INTO the edge. If you can help it . That's the one place you really can cut in super fast if using heavy compound. Just be careful of that . Decals too, do those by hand in between ect. If there's heavy haze you may have to use wet/ dry (. Black ) sandpaper and water or you'll buff till OctoberðŸ¤¦ðŸ»â€â™‚ï¸
Do small portions at a time. Expect it to take a week if you're smart. Start someplace easy to see and work on and alternate to a PITA spot then back again ect. WhyðŸ¤£ to save your back, knees and mind.! When you get tired quit or you'll start hating life. Do wear safety glasses always as that compound gets tossed all over.
HF low speed grinders Ok. Nothing high speed like the hi speed type. Don't use one of those tie on bonnets throw it away!!! Get a good one.
Check out YouTube there's plenty of good hull cleanup videos .
HF buffers are good enough, they sell several different levels of performance.
Get the hook and loop pads in wool and foam, wool for faster cutting, foam for a higher gloss.
Use a multi step buffing compound system. Fast cutting products won't yield as high of a shine as polishing compounds.
Not all gel coats buff out in the same way, some only require a quick buff, some need to be sanded, and on others nothing will make it look good again.
Do a very small area first to determine the exact method needed to achieve the desired result.